Covid-19: BBC Travel’s coverage during coronavirus

Covid-19: BBC Travel’s coverage during coronavirus

While travelling is on hold, we will continue to inform and inspire readers

While travelling is on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak, BBC Travel will continue to inform and inspire our readers who want to learn about the world as much as they want to travel there, offering stories that celebrate the people, places and cultures that make this world so wonderfully diverse and amazing.

For travel information and stories specifically related to coronavirus, please read the latest updates and explainers from our colleagues at BBC News.

Covid-19: BBC Travel’s coverage during coronavirus
View image of Glasgow Airport is quiet with empty check in desks (Credit: Credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

What travellers need to know

The coronavirus comes amid mass cancellation of flights and businesses as new cases are being diagnosed around the world every day. Here’s what the outbreak means for your travel plans and what you need to do to stay safe and healthy.

Coronavirus: What are your travel rights?
Thousands of flights have been cancelled by airlines as fewer people choose, or are able, to travel abroad following the coronavirus outbreak.

Hospitality industry ‘faces thousands of closures’
The hospitality industry has warned the new government restrictions around coronavirus could shut down firms.

Airlines slash more flights as coronavirus hits
Travel restrictions and a slump in demand as a result of the coronavirus pandemic have forced airlines to lay off staff and cut more flights.

Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health
Coronavirus has plunged the world into uncertainty and the constant news about the pandemic can feel relentless. All of this is taking its toll on people’s mental health, particularly those already living with conditions like anxiety and OCD. So how can we protect our mental health?

How long does the Coronavirus last on surfaces?
We can pick up the Covid-19 by touching surfaces contaminated with the new coronavirus, but it is only just becoming clear how long the virus can survive outside the human body.

Covid-19: BBC Travel’s coverage during coronavirus
View image of Ostia residents display a banner which reads "everything will be fine" (Credit: Credit: Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)

Voices of inspiration from around the world

As people the world over are practicing social distancing and isolation amid the coronavirus crisis, many are bonding together, displaying inspirational acts of solidarity, connection and generosity that are resonating profoundly around the globe.

Italians sing from their windows to boost morale
A countrywide lockdown due to coronavirus has not stopped Italians from bursting into morale-boosting song in a nationwide flashmob event.

Kind Canadians start ‘caremongering’ trend
The word “caremongering” did not exist on the morning of Friday 13 March. Yet just three days later what started as a way to help vulnerable people in Toronto has turned into a movement spreading fast across Canada.

Coronavirus kindness: The people offering help as the virus spreads
Stories of people emptying supermarket shelves or arguing over packets of pasta can paint a bleak picture of the coronavirus outbreak. But there are also acts of kindness that have inspired thousands of others.

Vietnam’s handwashing song goes global
Authorities around the world are trying to hammer home the message that we have to wash our hands to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus. In Vietnam, they’ve produced a music video along with a dance challenge – the tune has taken the country by storm and has since gone global.

We will continue to update this page as new, relevant information is available.